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Game and Parks Suggests Tips for Safety on Ice

LINCOLN – Stay safe on the ice this winter while enjoying a day of ice fishing. Follow these Nebraska Game and Parks Commission tips for safety on the ice:

— There should be at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice before an angler ventures onto a frozen lake or pond.

— Wear a life jacket.

— Commercial or homemade ice picks should be worn around your neck in case you fall through and need something to grip the ice and pull yourself out.

— Use an ice chisel or spud bar to check ice thickness every step of the way.

— Keep a long rope with you so someone can help rescue you if you break through the ice.

— Avoid alcoholic beverages. These affect your judgment and increase your chances for hypothermia.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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